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Lyr Add: Ol' Swansea Town Once More

Dead Horse 10 Dec 08 - 08:14 AM
Jim Dixon 29 May 09 - 12:15 PM
Snuffy 03 Jun 09 - 08:58 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: OL' SWANSEA TOWN ONCE MORE
From: Dead Horse
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 08:14 AM

OL' SWANSEA TOWN ONCE MORE
(Traditional British Sea Shanty)


Oh the Lord, made the bees,
An' the bees did make the honey,
But the Devil sent the woman for to rob us of our money.
An around Cape Horn we'll go!
An when me money's all spent ol' gal,
We'll round Cape Horn for more ol' gal, ol' gal!

Chorus:
You're the one I do adore.
An all I'm living in hope to see,
Is ol' Swansea Town once more, old gal, old gal!
You're the one I do adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.

Now we're outward bound around Cape Horn
to 'Frisco an' around
I'll send you letters when we get there,
An' you'll know I'm homeward bound ol' gal ol' gal!

Chorus

Now when we're homeward bound, my dear
I'll bring you silks galore,
I'll bring you jewels an' rings an' things,
An ye won't wear the weeds no more, ol' gal ol' gal.

Chorus

Now when we're leaving 'Frisco Town,
Outside of the Golden Gate,
I'll write my last letter to you, me dear
Then ye won't have so long to wait, old gal, old gal!

Chorus

An' when we're leavin' the old Fallerones,
bound for my o' Swansea,
I know ye'll pull gal, on the string,
For to haul me in from sea, old gal, old gal!

Chorus

An then when we're rounded old Cape Horn,
Climbin' the hill for home
Passed the Western Islands into the Bay
We'll have no further for to roam, old gal, old gal!

Chorus

An' then when we up the Channel do sail,
I'll pray that you'll be there,
To wait, me dear, on Swansea pier
My lovely presents for to share, old gal, old gal!

Chorus

When Swansea Town we're off once more,
We'll see the lights so clear,
I know that's Megan down on the pier
In her dimity apron dear, old gal, old gal!

Chorus


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWANSEA TOWN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 May 09 - 12:15 PM

Copied from folkinfo.org, where it says their source was Singing Together, Spring 1985, BBC Publications:

SWANSEA TOWN

1. Oh, farewell to you, my Nancy, ten thousand times adieu.
I'm bound to cross the ocean, girl, once more to part from you,
Once more to part from you, fine girl; you're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea town once more.

CHORUS: Old Swansea town once more, fine girl; you're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea town once more.

2. Oh, it's now that I am out at sea, and you are far behind.
Kind letters I will write to you of the secrets of my mind,
The secrets of my mind, fine girl; you're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea town once more.

3. Oh, now the storm is rising. I see it coming on.
The night so dark as anything, we cannot see the moon.
Our good old ship she is tossed aft. Our rigging is all tore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea town once more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ol' Swansea Town Once More
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 08:58 AM

Two completely separate songs, sharing only a title. Both appear in Hugill's Shanties of the Seven Seas, and transcriptions of Hugill's tunes can be found at Folkinfo - ABC projects, Nos. 179 & 180


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